Following its return, Britain forged strategic partnerships with the Gulf countries covering defence, security, investment and energy interests – and the royal family played a role in securing that relationship.
“The royal family has provided Britain with a means to build and maintain decades-long ties with the ruling elite in the region, particularly in the Gulf, which would be difficult for elected political leaders to replicate,” said Christian Ulrichson, fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told CNN. “However this has not at all times translated into measurable penalties for British pursuits within the area.”
The Queen made two state visits to the Bay Area in 1979 and 2010, and the images of her laughing with the ruling elite reflected a strong affinity.
Only said that the number of mutual visits between Gulf Arab and British royals is equivalent to the number of visits of the royal family to Commonwealth realms. “It is sort of stunning to see that [Gulf] Not a part of the Commonwealth, however in some ways, it’s a de facto member… the UK is greater than only a strategic ally [in the Gulf]It’s household in some ways,” he said.
The Queen began her reign as Britain was trying to repair its relations with countries it had previously controlled, Abdel Razzaq Taqri, a history professor at Brown University, told CNN.
“In that interval, the area was engaged in large-scale anti-colonial rebellions … and makes an attempt had been made to overthrow British domination,” he said.
Those efforts were successful, and during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s influence in the Middle East changed dramatically, as colonial structures have now largely disappeared.
“The Queen’s reign will be described as overseeing the administration of Britain’s decline as a royal and a world energy, a interval marred by the fallout of the Suez Crisis in 1956, simply 4 years into her reign. Britain stands within the area within the years that adopted, and the battle for reconstruction,” Ulrichson said.
Takriti said it is difficult for people in the Middle East to move on from the history of Britain while its influence continues.
Turkish Drone Maker to Build Ukraine Factory, Says Zelensky
- backgroundByker’s Bayraktar TB2 drone has been extremely popular in Ukraine, where it helped destroy several Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles. A video posted online shows Zelensky presenting the Ukrainian Order of Merit to Byratar. In return, Zelensky received a traditional embroidered Ukrainian shirt featuring a drone.
- why it matters: Russia has previously complained to Turkey over the sale of drones to Ukraine. Turkey has not joined its NATO allies in imposing sanctions on Russia over its war in Ukraine and has facilitated talks between the warring sides.
Greek PM wants to open channels with Turkey despite “unacceptable” comments
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday that Athens would try to keep communication channels open with Ankara despite Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s recent “unacceptable” feedback, Reuters reported. He mentioned he was at all times prepared to fulfill with Erdogan.
- backgroundErdogan has accused Greece of occupying demilitarized islands in the Aegean Sea, saying Turkey was ready to do “what is critical” when the time came. The European Union expressed concern over Erdogan’s statements last week, while Greece sent letters to NATO and the United Nations complaining about what it called “inflammatory” remarks.
- why it mattersThe two countries – NATO allies but historical foes – have been at conflict for decades over a range of issues, including where their continental shelves begin and end, overflights in the Aegean Sea, the status of demilitarized islands and divided Cyprus.
Iran urges Saudi Arabia to show goodwill in talks to revive ties
Iran has no preconditions in its talks with Saudi Arabia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Monday, calling on Riyadh to take a “constructive method” to improving relations, Reuters reported. “Iran will reply proportionately to any constructive motion by Saudi Arabia,” Canaanite informed a televised information convention.
- background: Last month, Tehran said that the sixth round of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Baghdad would be delayed when the situation in Iraq improves. In May, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said that Iraq-mediated talks with Iran had made some progress, but “not sufficient”.
- why it mattersTehran and Riyadh, the major Shia and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, broke ties in 2016 with both sides backing proxies in proxy wars from Yemen to Syria and elsewhere. Talks Happen as Middle East’s Former Enemies Move to fix the fence, Last month, the UAE returned its ambassador to Tehran.
Saudi Arabia: Nazar Bahbri insulted Saudi women
A renowned Saudi doctor’s research on women’s pornography viewing habits has sparked controversy in the Gulf kingdom, with many attacking the businessman for “humiliating Saudi ladies”.
Nazar Bahbari is the director of the Saudi Society for Infectious Diseases in Jeddah, which gained a huge social media following during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many tuned in to hear his advice. He has more than 230,000 followers.
Soon, Twitter accounts run by opponents of Saudi Arabia and its rulers began citing the video as evidence of the perceived negative impact of social freedoms being introduced in the kingdom. Pornography is banned in Saudi Arabia.
Others attacked the doctor, trending the Arabic hashtag “Nazar Bahbri insults Saudi ladies” on Twitter.
Bahbari disclosed her results in the context of growing concerns over pornography addiction, which she said hinders sex in marriage. He defended his research on social media, noting that the survey included only 3,000 women whose pornography viewing habits do not represent the community as a whole.
Nazar declined CNN’s request for comment.
by Nadine Ibrahim
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